Fetty Wap Is a Hip-Hop Feminist According to MC Lyte [VIDEO]
The issue of misogyny in rap has been discussed countless times, but during a recent group discussion called "Hip-Hop: Women's Vulnerability and Voices," rapper Fetty Wap was mentioned as one of today's hip-hop feminists. While this might sound incredulous, MC Lyte, who was on the panel, agreed with the statement and offered her thoughts on the topic.
"He may have a very unique way of presenting his ideas, but he does love women," Lyte said during the panel discussion, which was held during a White House Council on Women & Girls summit last Friday (Nov. 20). "For what he’s up against in this climate with all of the other emcees, he’s taking a stand. He’s being pretty courageous right now with what it is that he presents in his music, because it’s really not the norm."
The veteran rhymer also cited Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Common and Talib Kweli as feminists as well -- for the most part, she believes they're artists who address women respectfully in songs. However, Lyte wasn't too sure about J. Cole, saying that she loves him, but "sometimes he can say something a little out the box" that may be off-putting to women.
"I think you win the challenge when you're able to get your message across without degrading your sister, or you woman, or your mother," she added.
As to exactly what makes Fetty Wap such a hip-hop feminist, there wasn't much context given. We can only point to the New Jersey rhymer's chart-topping song, "Trap Queen" and his recent single, "Grandma," in which he pays homage to his family matriarch.
However, we must mention that J. Cole has also recorded songs that honor women. On his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the North Carolina native reflects on his mother's spirit and the foreclosure of their home on "Apparently." We can go back as far as 2011 when Cole released "Lost Ones," where he tackles the issue of abortion and a woman's right to choose. So J. Cole shouldn't be left out of this interesting discussion.
Watch the video above and share your thoughts. Do you think Fetty Wap is a hip-hop feminist? Tell us in the comments below.